Examples from the Web for semi-popular
Verdict: Maybe it is easy being green after all Snapchat Remember Over Attached Girlfriend, the semi-popular meme from last year?‘Blurred Lines’ Goes Viral: Rating 15 Mash-ups, Parodies & Covers (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|July 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Soon the semi-popular scientific books took up the Newtonian astronomy.The gradual acceptance of the Copernican theory of the universe|Dorothy Stimson
Studies of bacteria in general treated in a semi-popular manner.A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)|Henry Smith Williams
British Dictionary definitions for semi-popular
Word Origin for popular
Word Origin and History for semi-popular
early 15c., "public," from Middle French populier (Modern French populaire) and directly from Latin popularis "belonging to the people, general, common; devoted to or accepted by the people; democratic," from populus "people" (see people (n.)).
Meaning "suited to ordinary people" is from 1570s in English; hence, of prices, "low, affordable to average persons" (1859). Meaning "well-liked, admired by the people" is attested from c.1600. Of art, entertainment, etc., "favored by people generally" from 1819 (popular song). Related: Popularly. Popular Front "coalition of Communists, Socialists, and radicals" is from 1936, first in a French context.